San Jose Back to School update 2

August 1, 2020

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!

Dear parents and students,

Welcome back to the 2020-21 school year at San Jose Prep!

We have been busily trying to get ready to see our students next week and we can't wait! While we know that this year continues to be an unusual one, please remember that everything that we are doing is for the safety of your students, your families, and our staff- we care about all of you and want you to be healthy and safe.

Conducting an entire school opening virtually via live stream is certainly unchartered territory and quite an undertaking- I ask that you please be patient with us as we work through any technology glitches or kinks and get everyone set up and rolling. Our teachers have been tirelessly training for three weeks and collaborating on ways to make this experience as smooth and easy as possible.

Please know that we are here for you and your family- thank you for entrusting us with your students' education. You could have chosen any school for your child, but you chose us and this is an honor that we do not take lightly. Thank you for making us a part of your family.

I wish all of you a safe and wonderful 2020-21 school year- let's make this an amazing year...we believe in you!

Mrs. Knapp


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School hours: 8:00a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday

8:00a.m.-1:00p.m. Fridays

San Jose Primary

If you have students attending San Jose Primary, their 1st day of school is August 20. Be on the lookout for an email from Principal Stabile on details for the opening of school.

Virtual instruction tip!

In order to be able to use all of the features of Google Classroom, students need to use Chrome as their web browser.

Students need to log in to their Google Classrooms using their school emails. If you are a new student and need your student email login information, please email for assistance!

What will August look like?

San Jose Prep will remain on the original August 10 school start date, however, we will be on live virtual instruction in order to keep our students and staff healthy. We will reassess on August 31 and inform families if we will be able to transition to brick and mortar instruction.

For those families that would like to remain on distance learning, they may remain there through the grading period.

For those families who choose brick and mortar, students must adhere to strict COVID safety guidelines which will include:

  • masks will be required on campus
  • temperature checks will be conducted every morning upon entry and throughout the school day. Any student who develops a fever will be isolated and must be picked up immediately.
  • social distancing will be observed
  • COVID waiver must be on file with the school before the student is able to be on campus
  • Frequent hand washing

In addition, families who wish to take a brick and mortar option must also understand that if a student has one of the following, they must stay home and complete their instruction via the live stream distance learning:

In the past fourteen (14) days, have you or has someone in your home had close contact with someone who is confirmed as having COVID-19 or who have been under screening/testing for COVID-19?

A close contact is defined as a person who:
  • provided care for the individual, including healthcare workers, family members or other caregivers, or who had other similar close physical contact without consistent and appropriate use of personal protective equipment OR
  • who lived with or otherwise had close prolonged contact (within 6 feet) with the person while they were infectious OR
  • had direct contact with infectious bodily fluids of the person (e.g. was coughed or sneezed on) while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment

Also, if a student has one or more of the following symptoms they must stay home:

  • Fever or sense of having a fever
  • New cough that you cannot attribute to any health condition
  • New shortness of breath that you cannot attribute to any health condition
  • New sore throat that you cannot attribute to any health condition
  • New muscle aches (myalgias) that you cannot attribute to any health condition or that may have been caused by a specific activity (such as physical exercise)

Distance learning or brick and mortar?

In order to appropriately plan for social distancing for those students who choose brick and mortar options, we need for families to let us know which instructional option you would like for your students. If you have not yet done so, please complete the survey below:

DO NOT go to Duval Homeroom to sign up for the distance learning option- our survey is how you sign up at San Jose.

If you do not respond by Friday, August 7, the student will be assumed to remain on virtual instruction.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact our Dean of Students at

Student Schedules

San Jose Prep student schedules will be distributed via Focus sometime the week of August 3- we will send communications to families via our usual channels- website, app, social media, email, and phone call.

The majority of students in grades 6th-10th follow the San Jose Prep progression plan, which lays out their classes for them. Upperclassmen who need to make elective choices have already been contacted by Student Services staff via email to make elective choices. If you are a Junior or a Senior who has not received the email, please reach out to to give your preferential electives. We will make every effort to accommodate your request, but they are not guaranteed.

Chromebook distribution

If your student(s) will need to check out a Chromebook for the virtual portion of school, we will be doing Chromebook checkouts from Saturday, August 1 through Saturday, August 8.

To sign up for a Chromebook and for a pick up time, please complete the following form:


Parents- it is very important for all of you to have a parent account to Focus. This will allow you to see your students' grades in real time.

For instructions on how to create a parent Focus account, go to

When you have completed your application for an account, email in order to have your account activated.

Once you have created the account, please allow 48 hours for activation.

Having difficulties? Please contact for assistance.


We now sell school uniforms at our 4040 Sunbeam Rd school store.

There are 2 ways to purchase uniforms:

School uniforms for 2020-21 will be:

Middle school: royal blue polo, gray hoodie

High school: black polo, black hoodie

If you order online, click on the item you wish to purchase and the next page will let you choose the appropriate colors.

High school students who have the previous school uniform may wear them as we phase in the new high school look.

We ask that during virtual instruction students wear uniform shirts in order to ease the transition once we fully return to school.

For more details on school uniform guidelines, please visit our website:

Attention 7th grade parents!!!!

Don't forget that, per Florida Statute, all students entering the 7th grade must have the TDAP shot in order to attend school!

Please make sure that your student has had their shots and send a copy of the shot record to

Senior pictures

Class of 2021:

Don't forget that you must schedule your Senior pictures through Lifetouch. The deadline for Senior pictures is September 30. Don't forget that we will need your Senior picture for graduation!

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Clubs and sports

Clubs and sports will still meet this year.

We will be releasing a list of clubs at the beginning of the school year and have a virtual club fair for students. Clubs that choose to host some meetings in person are required to observe all the COVID safety guidelines.

Athletics will also continue using the FHSAA's strict COVID-19 guidelines for participation.

Forms required for participation in athletics can be found at

For questions about athletics, please contact our athletic director at


It is important for us that we at least get to see you prior to the first day of school. The faculty and staff at San Jose Prep are working on a plan to host a creative and socially distant meet and greet for our students and families prior to the start of school. We plan to have a drive through greet the staff!

Orientation is planned for Thursday, August 6 at 6:00 p.m at the old KMart parking lot at the intersection of San Jose Blvd and Old St. Augustine Rd.

Please review the traffic flow chart below to help keep everything organized.

We are really looking forward to seeing you!

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School supplies

We have received inquiries about supply lists for classes.

Our teachers have been working diligently to get those prepared and we will publish to our website this coming week.

Have you downloaded our school app?

Did you know that we have a school app? It is free to download on the app store for both Apple and Android devices. This will help you stay up to date with the latest school updates.


Have some questions about the opening of school? We are here to help!

I am a new student. How do I find out my email?

Please contact with your name and grade. Our IT team will verify your enrollment and contact information and send you your login credentials.

How do I find out my schedule?

Schedules will be posted on Focus towards the end of the week (week of August 3) for students to download.

How do I log in to my Google Classroom? I don't know the code!

We are currently uploading all of the teachers' Google Classroom codes to our website. Once that page is complete, we will send out an announcement and you can get the codes for each of your classes.

Breakfast/lunch distribution during virtual instruction

We will offer pick up for breakfast and lunch two days a week during virtual instruction. On Mondays, meals will be distributed for Mon, Tues, and Wed. On Wednesdays, meals can be picked up for Thursday and Friday.

Any adult can pick up a meal for a child that is enrolled at our school. We do have to track who is picking up for which child to avoid duplicate pick ups so please be prepared to provide your student's name(s) and your ID.

In order for us to adequately plan for meals, please complete this quick, two question survey if you are planning to come pick up meals:

Yearbook pick up

If you purchased a 2019-2020 yearbook and did not pick it up during yearbook distribution, you can pick up your yearbook at our school store on 4040 Sunbeam Rd. from 9am-1pm Monday through Friday.